Once the travel bug has bitten you, you will never be completely home, a part of your heart will reside in each place you have been to, and be divided into umpteen pieces that you will never feel like gathering. The longing will remain. It is the heavy price you will pay for love, to let that place be etched in your memory. I did an ethereal journey to Andaman recently and it reciprocated the same feelings. I did not feel like leaving. I wanted to stay and indulge. I wanted to cry and run free on every beach I could lay my eyes upon. My family was my company, my hubby my indulgence and my sister my funny streak. This trip was different, it was more of a bonding affair and it worked well.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands have seen the worst of times in the best of locations. Pristine white sand beaches adorned with aquamarine blue waters that have stood testimony to the atrocities of prisoners and the heinous crimes during World War. Exotic Corals and avid marine life that bejewel the Bay of Bengal and make it one of the most sought after beach destinations in Asia. Vast untouched stretches of white and perfectly clean sand, that have sea shells hidden within them. My favourite was the Nemo Reef. Who does not love Nemo and Dory!!!… You see them playing hide and seek with you in reality. The highlight being the story of Kala Pani, that went down in history and where India’s only active volcano stands proudly, saying Beware! Andaman and Nicobar is an archipelago of islands with a population of around 25 lakhs for the Union Territory. Only the Andaman island is inhabited with people, whereas the Nicobar island is not open to civilians because of uncivilized tribes who are known to be man-eaters. Andaman is a must-visit if you love water sports like Scuba and want to see live corals with an array of colors atleast once in your life.